A Melbourne teenager has been charged with animal cruelty after allegedly filming himself torturing and stabbing his ex girlfriends 18 week old puppy to death.
According to court documents the 17 year old, who cannot be named due to being a minor, admitted to kidnapping, torturing then stabbing his ex girlfriends puppy after she ended the relationship with him on Friday night.
The puppy, a labradoodle cross named Felix was purchased by the distraught owners parents in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
RSPCA Australia has recorded a drastic rise in animal cruelty cases Australia wide in the last two years, while convictions for animal cruelty cases remain relatively low.
“Animal cruelty can take many different forms. It includes overt and intentional acts of violence towards animals, but it also includes animal neglect or the failure to provide for the welfare of an animal under one’s control.” – RSPCA Australia
The maximum penalty for an individual convicted of cruelty to animals varies from state to state with Queensland enforcing the toughest penalties with a maximum fine of $235,600 or 7 years imprisonment, While the Northern Territory has a maximum of $13,700 or 1 year imprisonment under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001.
Those who whiteness animal abuse or cruelty are urged to report such incidents to the RSPCA for investigating.